A 15-year-old boy has been arrested in the shooting death of another teen while at a fair on Saturday.
On February 8, 2023, the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Office assisted Arcadia Police Department with conducting a search warrant at 2002 SE Rhode Island Street.
DCSO and APD obtained and served a co-affiant warrant in relation to the First-Degree Murder charge for 15-year-old Ryan Watson Jr., the primary suspect in the shooting that happened at the DeSoto County Fair on Saturday night, February 4.
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17-year-old Daniel Rodriguez-Lopez was shot by Watson just before 9 p.m. on Saturday. Police said he was shot in the chest and taken to the hospital, where he died from his injuries.
The DCSO SWAT Team and Arcadia Police Department detectives thoroughly searched the premises and determined Watson was not home at the time. While detectives continued their search, the suspect’s mother arrived on the scene and subsequently led detectives to the location where Watson was found and arrested by APD.
“Sheriff Potter is committed to work together alongside Marshal Jones and the Arcadia Police Department throughout this investigation,” said DCSO. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Rodriguez – Lopez family during this difficult time of losing their loved one.”
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If you have any information regarding details in this case, please contact the Arcadia Police Department at 863-494-2222 and report any tips to 1-800-780-TIPS.
At this time APD continues as the leading agency conducting the investigation.
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